According to Deadline, Gina Rodriguez will be bringing several series about immigration and the Latino experience to CBS and the CW. Announced the same week that DACA was rescinded, it certainly was a bit of good news to learn that more Latino stories could be coming to TV. Rodriguez will be executive producing the shows, which is a big deal, as many have pointed out that producing, directing and having “above the line” jobs are what will begin to make a difference in bringing more Latino characters, actors, and stories to the forefront. The shows will go into development, which means they will have to advance through several phases before they are finally greenlit to air on TV.
Gina Rodriguez revealed via her Twitter account that she’ll be bringing Latino and immigrant stories to the screen.
For years this is all I wanted to do. Bring Latino stories to the screen to create love, tolerance and empathy. LATINOS STAND UP! https://t.co/3AU6ysD6P1
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) September 6, 2017
One of the shows is “Illegal,” based on the life experiences of writer and co-executive producer Rafael Agustin.
Deadline describes Agustín’s story:
“The Ecuador-born Agustin grew up in America, and it was not until high school when he learned that, like his parents, he was undocumented. “Illegal” is described as a light one-hour about sixteen year old Rafael. He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”
Rodriguez’s production company is also working on a medical drama titled “Have Mercy.”
Credit: @HereIsGina/ Twitter
The show will be written and executive produced by Dailyn Rodriguez, the executive producer of “Queen of The South.” Deadline outlines the show:
“Have Mercy centers around a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant, but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.”
Her production company “I Can & I Will Productions” will also be working on a series adaptation of the Steve Martin film “L.A. Story.”
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 6, 2017
Now, all we need to find out is who will be cast in these projects? We have a sneaking suspicion about one actress…